British Native plants are often regarded as the most wildlife friendly for our British wildlife including bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

These British Native plants can be used in damp meadow situations or areas that surround a pond. In addition some British Native pond plants grow in moist soil as well as in shallow water:

Using a combination of all these you will create a season long succession of interest for the insects that visit your pond and damp area. For more information please see our Tips and Advice page

However, sometimes using Non Native plants can add to the range of plants available for the insects that will visit your pond and moist areas:

  • Iris pseudacorus (British Native) can reach 5ft tall and is only suitable for a large pond or lake. Non Native Iris versicolor  will give you the foliage shape and upright function for emerging dragonfly but are smaller in size and introduce extra colours to the flower range.
  • Mentha aquatica (British Native) can raft across a small pond surface and cover it but Mentha cervina is a clump forming Water Spearmint that bees, butterflies and other pollinators will enjoy that is suitable for a smaller pond or container pond.
  • No British Native pond plant will flower as late as Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed) in August so adding this to your pond on a shelf Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”) below water surface gives pollinating insects – especially bees the late season feast they are looking for.

If you have a small pond try to combine the smaller growing Natives with some ornamental, non Natives for the pollinating insects and give them the maximum variety of pollinating plants possible.

Remember Bees’ Needs Week 17-23 July and find them a place in your garden.

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